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JAN 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS NORTHEAST FLORIDA and its diverse cities and beach communities have countless options for groups seeking an easy-to-reach Florida experience. Our eyes are especially on Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, which both have many new and exciting offerings for groups on the horizon or recently opened. TOP PICKS: Ocean Center (855) 376-8149 www.oceancenter.com "Located in the heart of Daytona Beach, only a few steps from the Atlantic Ocean and the Ocean Walk Shoppes featuring eateries, movie theaters, entertainment and shopping." See Ad On Page 29 Daytona Beach CVB www.daytonabeachmeetings.com Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village www.daytonahilton.com FOLLOW UP: St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Florida's Historic Coast www.floridashistoriccoast.com Amelia Island CVB www.ameliaisland.com Visit Jacksonville & The Beaches www.visitjacksonville.com/meetings NORTHEAST FLORIDA IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com  for more about the Northeast Florida area through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos   more. N O R T H E A S T F L O R I D A J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43 Restful rivers. Modern museums with mega cool meeting space. Did we mention world-class medical institutions, trendy boutiques, a cruise port, and Major-League sports? The list of rea- sons to book a meeting here gets bigger and bet- ter. Here, is Jacksonville. Nestled between the Atlantic Coast and the St. Johns River, it's the largest city by landmass in the continental United States. With 200 properties totaling 18,000 hotel rooms and loads of unique meeting space, what more could a planner hope for? According to Paul Astleford, President & CEO of Visit Jack- sonville, not much. "We close business when planners come here," he says. "It's the diversity of options and vibe that Jacksonville represents." Water, Water...Everywhere From oceanfront resorts to elegant riverfront con- vention hotels, this "River City by the Sea" boasts an impressive selection of unique venues to accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 in a modern and vibrant setting. Book your group on a dining cruise, take in an eco-adventure, paddle down a river, or bask on the beach, the options to indulge in nature's sanctuary are endless. Jack- sonville has 21 miles of white-sandy and exciting beaches and over 85,000 acres of parks, the largest urban park system in the entire nation. Dining Districts Galore Admit it. Food is one of the big reasons you look forward to exploring a new town. In Jack- sonville, look no further than the historic, charming neighborhood of San Marco. Located minutes from Downtown's Southside, you'll stumble upon an epicurean treasure filled with Jacksonville's best restaurants including bb's, Bistro AIX, The Grotto, Mathews and Taverna. It's electric and eclectic, without being pretentious. Tech It Out Great historic architecture and state-of-the- art technology combine to create the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Think big with 275,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, including 22 meeting rooms and top-notch wireless capabilities. n Jacksonville: Go Off The Grid From historic buildings, to modern museums, romantic rivers to beautiful beaches, take your next meeting outside.  Jacksonville's MetroPark offers 27-acres of waterfront glory with a 2,400 sq. ft. stage, a green room and generous seating. Feeling adventurous?  Take your group on the St. Johns River or get wild at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (pictured above), with a behind-the-scenes tour of animal habitats and wild scavenger hunts.  n

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